A Georgia county official was given a choice of taking her oath of office on the Bible or the Constitution.
…she chose the Autobiography of Malcolm X.
According to the UK’s Independent:
Mariah Parker, a 26-year-old doctorate student who was elected to the Athens-Clarke County commission, said that she turned down two other options presented by officials at the swearing in before she picked the autobiography.
“They asked if they would like the Bible and I said no. My mother asked if there was a copy of the Constitution around. No,” Ms Parker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I wanted Malcolm’s book. I think they saw it coming.”
Ms Parker has previously studied linguistics as a rapper, and goes by the name Lingua Franca.
Classy. Edgy. So COOL.
Here’s a little bit about her AWESOME RAPPER days, if you’re curious:
…nice? Her THESIS was about freestyle rap, by the way. So her doctorate is obviously a SOLID one.
She managed to win the commission seat by just 13 votes, and said that Malcolm X’s life story inspires and informs her world view.
“Having seen the transformation of someone who came through a difficult background to become vocal and push conversations on race in a radical way is powerful,” Ms Parker told the newspaper.
This is just great. Good job, Georgia. She sounds like a real winner.
Now… I DO realize this happened earlier this year. But yes, it’s entirely still relevant, because I didn’t even HEAR about it until someone pointed it out to me in a FOREIGN publication. Why is that, exactly?